Luca Carbone

PhD student

KU Leuven

I am a PhD student at the School for Mass Communication Research, KU Leuven (BE). My research interests lie at the intersection of cultural and cognitive sociology, media effects research, and the study of inequalities. From a theoretical point of view, I study how socialization processes among adolescents might shape the formation of their beliefs about inequalities. Drawing from cultural sociology, I study how the socially-stratified access and engagement with prestigious symbolic goods (i.e., music genres) might act as a form of cultural differentiation. Drawing from the media effects literature, I study how music portrays social status and the possible routes through which these portrayals influence adolescents beliefs. Empirically, I employ quantitative methodologies, such as social network analysis, structural equation modelling, and computational text analysis. I am committed to an open science framework and mindset.


  • Cultural and cognitive sociology
  • Music
  • Meritocracy
  • Social inequalities
  • Methods and open science


  • PhD candidate in Communication Science, 2019 - in progress

    KU Leuven school for Mass Communication

  • Research MSc in Sociology, 2017 - 2019

    Tilburg University

  • BSc in Sociology, 2014 - 2017

    University of Trento